Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Book Review: Don't Follow Your Heart

Don't Follow Your Heart. Jon Bloom. 2015. Desiring God. 196 pages. [Source: Downloaded for Free]

First sentence: Follow your heart is a creed embraced by billions of people. It's a statement of faith in one of the great pop-cultural myths of the Western world--a gospel proclaimed in many of our stories, movies, and songs.

Premise/plot: The premise of this one is simple: The Bible is clear: we must follow God's heart, not ours. It may be a simple premise, but, it probably won't be popular. This is a book of thirty-one devotions urging you to follow Jesus and die to self. A book reminding us that we have a BIG, BIG sin problem, and that our hearts are not trustworthy and honest.

My thoughts: I am not a big devotional reader. Usually. But now and then I come across one I can't help recommending. This is one of those meaty devotionals packed with meditations that will help you to preach the gospel to yourself daily.

It was a well-written book that made me think.
What are the satanic strongholds that spiritually imprison people, the strongholds that we seek to destroy? Arguments and opinions? Where is the battle raging? In our thoughts.
When we are angry, discouraged, depressed, anxious, self-pitying, fearful, or irritable, it is likely because we are believing something very specific. To battle sin is to battle unbelief--or destroy arguments.
Meaning comes from God, and we receive it through his word.
The gospel we need won't be viewed in our mirrors. For that, we need to look through a window. And that's what the Bible is. The Bible is not a mirror; it is a window. It is through the Bible that we come to see reality.

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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